How many physical items can I check out, and for how long?

This page has information about physical checkouts. For information about digital and streaming checkouts, see the resource descriptions for eBooks and eAudio, video, and music.


Holds

You may have 50 physical items on hold at one time. (This is separate from how many items you have checked out. You can have 50 holds and 50 checkouts at the same time.)

Exceptions:

  • "Lucky Day" books: No holds
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Three requests (includes requests and items checked out)

Checkouts

How many?

You may have fifty physical items checked out at one time.

Exceptions:

  • "Lucky Day"or Playaway Views: Two items (and they count as part of your total items)
  • Limited Card: Three items
  • Educator Card: 100 items
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad): Three items (includes requests and items checked out)

For how long?

You may keep most items for three weeks. Check your receipt for the exact date due.

Exceptions:

  • Book discussion kits: 12 weeks
  • Chromebooks for library use only: Two hours
  • Chromebook kits: One week
  • Educator Card checkouts: Six weeks
  • Bookmobile or Books by Mail checkouts: Four weeks
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) checkouts: Borrowing periods are set by the lending library. See Interlibrary Loan FAQs for more details.

Renewals

Most physical items will automatically renew up to 11 times if no one else has placed a hold on them.

Exceptions:

  • Chromebooks for library use only: No renewals
  • Chromebook kits: One renewal
  • "Lucky Day" items, book discussion kits, Discover WA backpacks, or Grow a Reader kits: no renewals
  • Educator card checkouts: five renewals
  • Bookmobile or Books by Mail checkouts: eight renewals
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) checkouts: Renewals are set by the lending library. See Interlibrary Loan FAQs for more details.

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